Ward: There was no rollicking from McEnaney

Meath's goal-scoring ace Cian Ward has taken to Twitter to clear up some confusion over an erroneous article that was published yesterday.

Meath's goal-scoring ace Cian Ward has taken to Twitter to clear up some confusion over an erroneous article that was published yesterday.

The article suggested that Ward had received 'a rollicking' from Royals manager Seamus McEnaney for electing to go for goals rather than points during the qualifer win over Louth.

The Wolfe Tones forward finished with 4-3 as the Wee County side were blitzed in a repeat of last year's Leinster SFC final.

The post-match piece containing quotes from Ward appeared in a national newspaper and was carried by some websites.

It said that despite his impressive scoring haul, Ward 'still didn't escape the clutches of a half-time dressing down from his Meath boss.'

"I think I had six shots for goal. Look, one or two of them I just thought they were on, I got a bit of a rollicking at half-time for going for goal all the time. But the opportunities presented themselves," he is quoted as saying.

"It was just lucky because on another day you mightn't get a sniff of a goal chance. I'm just delighted to put them away."

On his Twitter page today, Ward took the opportunity to clarify what he had actually said. "Not impressed with the whole 'Banty told Cian Ward off for going for goals' story," he wrote.

"Clearly not true. I never once mentioned Banty when making the comments and they were made in semi jest about my team-mates' preference for me to clip over points to keep our lead after half-time...nothing unusual about that...people who have played will understand very clearly.

"Big difference between the spoken word and the written word. Easy for comments to be seen in a different light. Ridiculous how Banty's name even came into the headlines when his name was never once mentioned in my quotes. Just wanted to clarify!!"

A number of high profile GAA players have used the popular social networking website to express their opinions on team selections, match incidents and disciplinary matters so far this summer.

MJ Tierney's 'disillusioned' tweet made headlines earlier this month, as he dealt with being dropped for Laois' Championship clash with Dublin.

Reacting at the time, GAA President Christy Cooney said: "We have issued (social media) guidelines and we'll be adding more as we go along because this is a new media and we have to respond to it on an ongoing basis.

"It is down to individuals themselves and if they want to use the medium they are entitled to do that, but it is just that they would want to be careful.

"We can advise them for their own protection and in the best interests of themselves and their own county that this is what they should do and how they should use it. They are all individuals and we would hope that they would be responsible enough to use it properly."

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